Education watchdog Ofsted has launched a Facebook page for potential childminders to help clarify the registration process.
Launched on a 3-month trial basis, the childcare registration page has been set up to provide information to those looking to become registered providers.
The process, which includes DBS checks, inspections and self-evaluations, is deemed to be complex. The aim of the page is to answer any questions that may arise during this process such as; ‘Do I have to register if I’m taking care of my friend’s children?’.
Social media is already widely used by professional carers In the industry, whether they are communicating with parents of sharing information with like-minded professionals.
Ofsted wants to bring clarity to the registration process, helping to inform potential childminders whether they need to register based on the care they provide and who they are providing it for. Breaking down the information to highlight differences between registered childminders and nannies as well as the variations in premises.
The page is being supported by independents including; the NDNA, PACEY and childcare.co.uk.
You can visit the Ofsted Facebook page here